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ERIC Number: EJ1117812
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1935-7869
Facilitating Successful Online Discussions
Woods, Kathryn; Bliss, Kadi
Journal of Effective Teaching, v16 n2 p76-92 2016
As online course offerings continue to evolve, researchers have examined many strategies for improving the online learning experience for both the instructor and the student. Asynchronous, online discussions are one of the most common components of online courses. This article provides information about the best practices for facilitating successful online discussions. The suggested best practices include several strategies for increasing student engagement through online discussions, grading and providing feedback for online discussions, and overcoming specific challenges in facilitating online course discussions. The application of these best practices will enable online educators to improve discussions in online courses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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